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  • 1. Jamalludin Harun [email_address] BLOG IN TEACHING & LEARNING Something More Than Just Technology
  • 2.
    • New teaching and learning paradigm
      • Student centred approach
      • Competence/Outcome based
    • New roles of - Educators
    • - Students
    • - Institutions
  • 3.
    • “ Our students have changed radically.Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach ” .
    • Mark Prensky, “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”
  • 4. Introduction
  • 5. Introduction w h y w e b l o g s ?
  • 6.
    • Educators have picked up on the creative use of this Internet technology and put the blog to work in the classroom.
    • The education blog can be a powerful and effective technology tool for students and educators alike.
  • 7.
    • Blogs are one of the most representative tools of Web 2.0. They offer flexibility, adaptability, and integration with other tools.
    • Blogs in Plain English
    Use of Blogs
  • 8.
    • A blog (sometimes referred to as a weblog) is a Web publishing tool that allows authors to quickly and easily self-publish text, artwork, links to other blogs or Web sites, and a whole array of other content.
    What is a Blog?
  • 9.
    • Blogs are set-up like conventional Web sites, with navigation links, and other standard Web site features.
    • Blogs have one standard characteristic, however: the posting.
    • Blog postings are text entries, similar to a diary or journal, which include a posting date and may include comments by people other than the author, photos, links, or other digital media.
    What is a Blog?
  • 10.
    • The Blogging basics are …
    • Post
    • Comment
    • Link
    What is a Blog?
  • 12.
    • Technologies do NOT change teaching & learning, but can help us to introduce new methodologies and learning environments.
    Blog in Teaching & Learning Blogs support: knowledge building reflection monitoring sharing archiving Possibilities of Web 2.0 tools
  • 13. Bloom’s Taxonomy experimenting, monitoring implementing, executing designing, planning, producing organising, attributing, integrating summarising, inferring, paraphrasing recognising, identifying, retrieving
  • 14.
    • Like the general blogging community, there are many ways to use blogging in teaching and learning.
    • You can use an existing blog to provide information and insights.
    • They can also help you provide examples to increase the quality of your students' blog entries. Or, you can encourage your students to create a blog for others that reflects these ideas.
    Blog in Teaching & Learning
  • 15.
    • Blogs work well for students because they can be worked on at virtually any time, in any place with an Internet-enabled computer.
    • Hence, they can be used by educators to create a classroom that extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
    Educational Blogging…??
  • 16.
    • Providing teachers with an excellent tool for communicating with students.
    • Highly motivating to students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms.
    • Excellent opportunities for students to read, write and reflect.
    • Effective forums for collaboration and discussion.
    • Powerful tools to enable scaffolded learning or mentoring to occur.
    Educational Benefits of Blogs
  • 17.
    • Provides an additional mode for writing.
    • Engages writing skills.
    • Presents writing as an instructional tool in the content areas.
    • Incorporates technology.
    • Makes learning relevant.
    • Boosts students’ self-confidence.
    • Engages various learning styles.
    • Facilitates critical thinking.
    • Meets district and state learning standards.
    Educational Benefits of Blogs
  • 18.
    • teachers to provide feedback and to monitor students’ performance more effectively
    • self-assessment and continued assessment
    • personal reflection.
    • tracking all the process (by students themselves and by teachers).
    Blogs Facilitate…
  • 19.
    • Text
    • Images
    • Videos
    • Audio Files
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Link to other blogs and web pages
    • etc…
    What a Blog Can Have..?
  • 20.
    • Okay, that’s interesting, but how can I use blogging in my classroom?
    Educational Blogging…??
  • 21.
    • As an educational tool, blogs may be integrated in a multi-faceted manner to accommodate all learners.
    • Blogs can serve at least four basic functions.
    Using Blog in the Classroom
  • 22.
    • Classroom Management
    • Class blogs can serve as a portal to foster a community of learners.
    • As they are easy to create and update efficiently, they can be used to inform students of class requirements, post handouts, notices, and homework assignments, or act as a question and answer board.
    Using Blog in the Classroom
  • 23.
    • Collaboration
    • Blogs provide a space where educators and students can work to further develop writing or other skills with the advantage of an instant audience.
    • Educators can offer instructional tips, and students can practice and benefit from peer review.
    Using Blog in the Classroom
  • 24.
    • Collaboration
    • They also make online mentoring possible. For example, a class of older students can help a class of younger students develop more confidence in their writing skills.
    • Students can also participate in cooperative learning activities that require them to relay research findings, ideas, or suggestions.
    Using Blog in the Classroom
  • 25.
    • Discussions
    • A class blog opens the opportunity for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom.
    • With a blog, every person has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions.
    Using Blog in the Classroom
  • 26.
    • Student Portfolios
    • Blogs present, organize, and protect student work as digital portfolios.
    • As students realize their efforts will be published, they are typically more motivated to produce better writing.
    • Expert or peer mentoring advice can be easily kept for future reference.
    Using Blog in the Classroom
  • 28.
    • Start exploring with the tool, what you can do, how does it work, etc.
    • Seek help from colleagues who have tried it.
    • Read other educators’ blogs; how they use categories, how they organize the information, how often they blog, how they give instructions to students, etc.
    So…Ready to Blog…?
  • 29. Steps for Getting Started on Blogs
    • Go to one of the available free blogging sites (for example: Blogger or WordPress).
    • Provide the necessary information requested. (user name, password)
    • Create a title for your blog.
    • Accept terms and select a template.
    • Write and Publish!
  • 30.
    • Blogger
    • Wordpress
    • BlogDrive
  • 31. Some other Blog Platforms…
    • B2Evolution
    • LiveJournal
    • Edublogs
    • Twitter (microblogging)
  • 32. Blogs to Visit and Explore